Mysterio Casting Emboldens Collectors

by Matt Tuck

ASM-13-195x300 Mysterio Casting Emboldens CollectorsJake Gyllenhall will be donning the fishbowl to take on the role of Mysterio in the next Spider-Man movie. The old-school villain’s key issues have already been heating up in the past three months, and it’s only going to get worse from here. Here’s what you need to know heading into the upcoming rush for those Mysterio comics.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #13

Any of the early issues of Amazing Spider-Man, particularly those written by Stan Lee, are valuable. Even coverless copies of those 1960s ASM keys bring decent prices. All that being said, there’s plenty of competition for an ASM #13 on any day. Now that Gyllenhall has been announced to play Mysterio, this particular issue will be taking off soon.

There have been several incarnations of Mysterio over the years, but we can assume that Marvel/Sony will be going with the original alter ego, Quentin Beck, who made his debut in ASM #13 back in 1964. If money is no object, go ahead and aim for the stars and grab yourself a near-mint-plus 9.8. That can be had for the low price of $64,000. For the rest of us normal folk, we’ll be in the market for something in the $650 or less category. That means you’ll be aiming for mid- to lower-grade copies between 1.0-5.0. At the moment, a 5.0 is averaging $617, and that’s going to be a steal a year from now when we should see the first trailers for Spider-Man: Homecoming 2. Every grade has been on the rise over the past 90 days, so now is the time to buy.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1

Throughout Spider-Man lore, Mysterio has always been one of his most famous adversaries. He’s been featured on virtually every animated version of Spider-Man and has made a huge number of video game appearances. It was no surprise to see Marvel/Sony finally put him into a movie.

While Mysterio is a viable antagonist on his own, his true place in the Spiderverse is with the Sinister Six, and their first appearance was in the pages of ASM Annual #1 in 1964. I highly recommend grabbing this one because I believe that we will eventually see a form of the group on screen. Sony had plans to introduce the Six in their own self-titled movie after the Amazing Spider-Man 2, but after it flopped at the box office, the plan was scrapped. With Spider-Man comfortably established in the MCU, it is a matter of time before the rumors of bringing them into the films is renewed.

As with most classic Spider-Man comics, ASM Annual #1 is gaining value virtually across the board. Over the past 90 days, nearly all grades are on an upward swing. Even a low-grade 3.0 has jumped from a $242 average selling price in 2017 to $303 in the past three months. What got my attention, however, was the price difference of a 7.5, which averaged $1,057 last year before it skyrocketed to $1,575 since March. As with ASM #13, get this one while you can.

DAREDEVIL #7

Quentin Beck, the original Mysterio, followed Kraven the Hunter’s footsteps and took his own life in 1999’s Daredevil #7. The story revolved around Beck having an inoperable tumor caused by the chemicals he had used to create his illusions. If Gyllenhall’s version of Mysterio is going to be based on Beck, then it wouldn’t be too far of a stretch to think the studio will feature his death. Considering the first Spider-Man: Homecoming was clearly aimed at a younger audience, I can’t see the suicide making the final cut. Still, you’ll want to add this overlooked gem to your Mysterio collection before the craze is in full force. Right now, you can get it cheap; a CGC-graded 9.8 sold for just $41 in April.

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